During the Easter vacation Mr Lee Cross, (Deputy Headteacher), decided to surprise Mrs Whittlestone (Science Lead Teacher) by taking the long drive from Shropshire to a farm in Coventry to re-home some ex battery hens to enhance the school environment and meet the requests by school council to reinstate more animals within the school. Mr Cross had some support from his youngest son, Beau, aged 5, to pick the four lucky hens to be a part of the Elmwood School community. All the hens had their own personality that represented the staff and pupils extremely well, but were all looking extremely tired and unkept. This is the start of their journey to becoming healthy, happy hens who will receive lots of room to roam, cuddles from staff and pupils and friendship from Chubs (Elmwood School Rabbit). Mr Cross is looking to bring the hens to school after the May half term providing plenty of time for the staff and pupils to repair and secure the chicken house. Photographs of our new arrivals are available on the photo gallery page of the website. Watch out for additional photos tracking their journey. For more information about re-homing ex battery hens please visit http://www.bhwt.org.uk/.
At Elmwood we feel that we have a big responsibility to safeguard our pupils and this was recognised by the Local Authority’s Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator when she asked that we consult our pupils on their perceptions around anti-social behaviour, gangs and carrying offensive weapons. The response was extremely positive with 92% of the school population deciding they would like to support this wider piece of work. The outcomes were particularly interesting as our school community comes from across the borough (and beyond) so was a good litmus test to share with fellow professionals across the borough.
The results were presented by Mr L Cross (Deputy Headteacher) at the key partner information sharing event on 19th April 2018. The extract from the “Evaluation and Further Planning Report” highlighted the following:
“The evaluations and verbal feedback also emphasised the valuable insight that Lee Cross from Elmwood School gave in listening to young people, and for the opportunity to understand what pupils in his school saw as the issues faced by the young people of Walsall, and the supporting reports/ data that were produced.”
This has started a catalyst for the 14 Secondary Schools and 4 Alternative Providers to complete a similar scoping activity which will inform and shape future policy and practice around our wider responsibilities of safeguarding our pupils across the borough and ways in which we can share this information with key professionals as a means of intelligence.
The countdown is on to Elmwood School’s production of the Lion King which is taking place on Friday 18th May (for pupils and staff) and Thursday 24th May (for parents/carers). Our drama students have been working hard with Mr Webb, Mr Damms, Ms Bowen and Ms Wilkins to produce our first ever musical production and judging by the rehearsals is a show not to be missed. Everyone involved has worked hard, including the making of props by pupils, which look excellent. Following a letter sent to the Lyceum Theatre in London where this West End show is running, we were thrilled to receive asigned framed poster from the cast as well as a good luck letter. A big thank you to Nancy Shakerley, Education and Outreach Manager at the Theatre for organising this fantastic response. It is also hoped that pupils will be able to go to London in September to see the live show for themselves, which will be a memorable day for all.
Action Counters Terrorism: Report suspicious activity and behaviour to tackle terrorism
Elmwood School urges the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken. Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Further information is available on the dedicated sub page of our safeguarding page on the website.
On Friday 23rd March pupils and staff will be able to support this year’s Sports Relief Charity fundraiser by wearing non uniform and donating a £1. Pupils will be taking part in a number of events organised by Mr Hawkes, PE Teacher, as part of the above as well as staff taking part in a fundraising sweepstake.
What a special visit five of our young people experienced on Friday 9th March when they accompained staff to the Mayor’s parlour in Walsall and met with Mayor Marco Longhi. The event was organised as a result of a litter picking exercise they had undertaken with our Community Liaison Officer, Mark Hickman. Pupils were treated to a guided tour of the Town Hall and were also shown the ceremonial chain and gown worn by the Mayor and the chain of office worn by the Lady Mayoress. Following a chat with the Mayor Marco, when students were able to ask questions, a drink and biscuit was enjoyed and pupils were given a copy of a guide to the history of the Hall as well as a gift of a plush pencil case and stationery set from the Mayor. A big thank you to all concerned for such a memorable day.
We are embarking on a journey to be recognised as an organisation that supports and prioritises the mental health of staff and pupils. We are therefore consulting with parents and carers for their views on our current provision to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness for pupils and staff at Elmwood. We would appreciate if parents and carers could please complete the questionnaire and return with your child or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be an opportunity to share your views at our next Progress and Achievement afternoon on the 22nd March 2018. A copy of the survey is available below and also on our parents/carers page of the website. Thank you in advance for your input.
Your child’s views will also be requested w/b 26th February 2018 so we can look at the responses of all stakeholders within Elmwood’s Learning Community.
We welcomed 33 ITT’s from across the borough as part of our continued work with Barr Beacon and the Evolve Teaching School in January 2018. They had an amazing experience and saw a different approach to teaching and learning that will support them with their future studies/experiences. A copy of the handbook giving details of what students experienced is available on our Teaching Schools Alliance page on the website. As a result of the above, Ashley Bullock (PE ITT) has successfully completed his induction and will commence a six week placement w/c 5th February 2018. He is really looking forward to engaging with the young people of Elmwood and sharing his knowledge and expertise from his first placement at Barr Beacon.
Evaluations from all students involved can be found on our Teaching Schools Alliance page.
A massive thank you to all staff who helped clear the site today (Wednesday 13th December 2017), this enabled all pupils and staff to enter the school site and engage in some well missed learning. Without the commitment shown by staff this wouldn’t be possible and I’m sure you can see they did a sterling job!
It would be appreciated if parents and carers who are able to attend our Progress and Achievement Event on Thursday 14th December 2017 could thank staff at Elmwood for all their hard work in making the site safe enough to welcome back pupils.
The School has forged good links with Marissa Wort, Principal Consultant, at Now Education who this year is supporting The National Deaf Children Society. Staff have learnt ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ in sign language at their NOW offices and have had a lot of fun doing it. This is something they are keen to promote in other Schools for children to learn possibly during nativity plays/Christmas activities (Marissa has also offered to visit Schools to show children how it is done). Click here to watch the video they have made and any donations to their justgiving page would be gratefully received JUSTGIVING/NOWEDUCATION